The Leafs Organization vs. Head Injuries

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 12 2014 01:04PM

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As I'm sure you saw during the live feed, on the highlights, and repeatedly gif'd across the internet, Dion Phaneuf went for a hit on Patrick Marleau last night and took out James van Riemsdyk instead. (If you missed it, you can find it here ). Immediately following the hit, van Riemsdyk was very slow to get up and looked dizzy. Enough so that Joe Bowen and Greg Millen immediately assumed concussion on-air, which is relevant because they're biased (in the lovable, acceptable because it's a local feed) way and will always give the benefit of the doubt.

The end result? van Riemsdyk went to the quiet room for a couple of minutes, was deemed good to go, and put back on the ice, despite the Leafs being down 5-1 with ten minutes to go. Not just that, but the momentum was still very much in San Jose's favour at this point. My first thought when he came out was along the lines of "when will this team ever learn?". Lets talk about not one, not two, but nine cases involving the Leafs and Marlies over the past two and a half years.

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Leafs Postgame: Shark Tanked

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 11 2014 11:34PM

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The Leafs have a lot of the roster pieces in place to be a high flying, strong skating transition team full of fearless individuals, many of whom have big bodies. The San Jose Sharks are actually that team, with even more depth and a coaching staff that takes advantage of the abilities of their skaters. Tonight was a game destined for heartbreak, but if the Leafs could beat the Ducks, maybe they could pull it off agai... make it stop

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Dion Phaneuf injures James Van Riemsdyk with Missed Hit

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 11 2014 10:48PM

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Early in the third period, Dion Phaneuf went for one of his trademark open ice hits. This time, it didn't go exactly as he had hoped, hitting winger James van Riemsdyk straight in the head. Click on to see it:

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Role Pacing: Forwards

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 11 2014 09:55AM

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I'm seeing a lot of 82 game pace numbers being spread around the Internet right now for forwards on the Toronto Maple Leafs, mostly for the sake of arguing about people. The issue I have with a lot of these numbers is that they don't account for ice time, so for the sake of your yelling, I've adjusted the numbers a bit for you. Enjoy and fly forth, young angry birds.

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Leafs Post Game - Quack Quack, Mr. Badstick

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 10 2014 10:55PM

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Some may say that this road tour of California is one that will give the Leafs a rude awakening. While there's a lot of potential for that to be true; it's better to look at it from a different angle. Any team that wants to make a serious dent come playoff time should be capable of keeping up with the best. The Anaheim Ducks are technically the second best at the moment, but that's still a pretty high hurdle to face. After all, they've more or less clinched themselves a playoff spot already! That's pretty dominant.

But give the Leafs some credit; they pulled out a surprising win to get the trip underway, beating the Ducks by a score of 3-1.

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